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A Common Reference Architecture for Test Equipment

The Air Force is set to enhance the acquisition process with the introduction of a Government Reference Architecture (GRA) model during the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage. Here’s what you need to know about this initiative:

  • Transparency and Standards: A generic Automated Test Systems (ATS) GRA sample is now available to boost transparency and guide Industry towards common standards as part of our digital transformation journey.

  • Insight and Guidance: The ATS GRA aims to demonstrate the Air Force’s approach to digital modeling in program management and to set a precedent for solution architecture.

  • Process and Participation: As we pilot this new process for ATS, we welcome your feedback. Engage with us through NDIA forums or reach out directly to the ATS Program Office.

Please note:

  • The Air Force does not prefer one system modeling language (SysML) application over another.
  • The GRA is crafted in Cameo and will be shared as a .mdzip file. A complimentary Cameo reader is accessible from NoMagic.

Accompanying Files: We provide five key files with the GRA:

  1. 01 GIF-ATS GRA: A Tailorable model outlining program requirements and reusable model elements.
  2. 02 iHub-ATS GRA: The central hub for data storage, artifact contributions, and data relationship establishment.

The aforementioned files constitute the core GRA. Supplementary reference files, included in the GIF/iHub or as program-specific additions, are as follows:

  1. ATS-One Glossary: Clarifies commonly used terminology.
  2. Data and Classification Markings v1.1: Outlines marks and instructions for labeling model elements.
  3. Reference and Sample Document Library: Serves as a repository of reference documents (read-only model).

Moving Forward:

  • The program office will integrate program requirements and behavioral models into the GIF.
  • Post-award, Industry is expected to construct their solution within the iHub or via an interfacing model.

All details regarding tool interfacing and specific deliverable requirements will be delineated during contract negotiations.